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VACP recommends shrouding of badges for Virginia State Police trooper who died in crash

September 21, 2015 | Virginia News

News Image The VACP recommends that Va. law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith though the day of his funeral — Saturday, September 26.

Our sincerest condolences to Trooper Smith's family and friends and to the Virginia State Police.

Funeral Arrangements

Friday, September 25, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Baptist Church
4247 Creighton Road
Henrico, VA  23223

Funeral Service:
Saturday, September 26, 2015
2:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Baptist Church
4247 Creighton Road
Henrico, VA  23223

Burial will be private for family and VSP only.

For incoming Law Enforcement/Honor Guard:
LOCAL AIRPORT - Richmond International Airport (RIC)


Contributions can be made to the Virginia State Police Association Emergency Relief Fund. Make checks payable to the VSPA-ERF and notate. "Smith" on the memo line of your check.  Mail to VSPA. 6944 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA, 23225.  Also, if anyone would like to make an online contribution through Paypal.  Visit and click on Emergency Relief Fund.  It is important to put "Smith" in the note section of your Paypal contribution.



Trooper Dies Following Traffic Crash in Prince George County

RICHMOND – Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of one of its own today after Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith died following a traffic crash in Prince George County. Trooper Smith, 27, of Suffolk, Va., becomes the Department’s 61st sworn employee to die in the line of duty. Trooper Smith was responding to what he believed to be a fellow trooper in distress when his patrol car ran off the road and crashed.

At 7:11 a.m., Monday (Sept. 21), Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County. A 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was traveling east on Route 460, near Airport Street, when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail. The adult male driver was transported to Southside Regional Medical Center, where he died later Monday morning. The fatal crash remains under investigation.

One of the troopers at the Route 460 crash scene radioed the state police Richmond Division dispatch to request rescue. When other troopers in the Area heard that request for rescue, they understood it to mean there was a trooper in distress. The troopers immediately began responding to the scene on Route 460.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., Monday (Sept. 21), Trooper Smith was en-route to the perceived distress call. As he took the I-295 south exit ramp to I-95 north in Prince George County, his Ford Taurus patrol vehicle ran off the left side of the ramp. The patrol car overturned onto its side and struck several trees before coming to rest in the trees. The trooper had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown to VCU Medical Center. He died later Monday (Sept. 21) morning.

It was later determined that the troopers understood the initial radio call as a citizen administering CPR to a trooper at the Route 460 crash scene. When, in fact, it was a trooper and citizen administering CPR to the driver of the pickup truck.

The state police Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the Prince George County crash, which remains under investigation.